Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Overall rating: ★★★★ Date attended: 27/02/2019
Cristina Lark is a feisty woman, who is able to take her audiences on a 50-minute storytelling journey that outlines and analyses the very core of a professional procrastinator. After all, she has plenty of experience with barely making it to the deadline and still smashing out her goals in record time.
A monologue show that demonstrates Lark's humorous ability to transform into a variety of characters during her solo show, we are treated to a theatrical, comedic presentation of how Lark is able to take on the persona of someone who is highly skilled in pulling all-nighters, forever getting sidetracked and distracted by minor errands, jobs around the house, the internet and its bottomless pit of clickbait links, or simply getting lost in one's imagination, and having a conversation in one's mind about the most curious of burning questions around the silliest of things.
Using a minimalistic selection of props, Lark is able to give herself a new look with every new character that appears on stage and offers her audience with someone who dreads at the looming deadline that is fast approaching (and how they eventually get to it). The word "deadline" has such a negative connotation to it and Lark is able to effortlessly capture the struggles around sticking to one (or some) through her hilarious narrative and her overzealous ball of energy that was channelling through her audience quite well.
Lark's comedic style is relatable, boisterous, and quick-witted with a touch of satire. She brings a sense of observational humour, through her stories around getting involved with the Adelaide Fringe and how she constructed the script to this show by procrastinating her way through the entire process. There is a sense of beautiful chaos that emerges through the many, many adventures of being a procrastinator that is brilliantly delivered by Lark and it is apparent from the roaring laughter that she is not alone in documenting her misfortunes of leaving important tasks to the last minute.
Rather than warding off procrastinators like a menace to society, she instead paints a picture that makes you feel a level of empathy for those who have been riddled by the ridiculous nature of deadlines and poses a pondering thought - it isn't about never really completing the task(s) at hand, but rather, simply putting it off for a while, till things smooth over a bit and one is in the zen mode to get sh*t done. So, excuse me, while I stare into my screen with over 400 unread emails that include a couple of follow-ups, reminders, and final notices, and instead, go on a de-cluttering binge for the tenth time, as I think about the important questions, such as "Does this spark joy?".
Caution - Deadline Ahead (A Comedy About Procrastination) will be performed by Cristina Lark at the A Club on Waymouth Street till March 16, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here (don't dwell on getting your tix, just get it done).